I went to the GI Dr. today for a consult. Since i turned 50 years ago, my PCP has been after me to have a colonoscopy and I haven't yet. My pulmonologist has sent me to the GI specialist because I have heartburn and I guess it does trigger asthma. He has prescribed me Nexium for over 2 years, and yet I still get heartburn. Not all the time, occasionally, but I guess enough to concern him. I wonder why my PCP was not concerned about it.
I am going to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy done on August 9 at 10am. I am not looking forward to it. The nurse practitioner that I saw, Sharon, was very nice and thorough. She did a mini exam, and explained the procedures. She went over what will be done, the risks and what to expect. She gave me the opportunity to ask and questions and answered them. We went over my family history, which is alot, because I have a big family. I never knew there was so much cancer and heart disease in my family.
I am so glad that I lost the weight and I am now eating healthier than I did. I still eat hot dogs and I still eat my Progresso Soups but not like I use to. Hot Dogs maybe 4 times a year, Progresso Soup on the average maybe 3x a month. I am sure to drink extra water when I do. Lot's of sodium and I know it, but they are good and a very good source of vegetables. You have to take the bad with the good. Moderation not deprivation. I love corn chowder.
While waiting in the waiting room I was talking to another patient. She has the lap band. I told her about sparkpeople and she joined right then on her computer. I didn't get the points though. She said she put in my ID. I don't care about that though. I helped someone.
That made me feel good and really made my day. She was very impressed with the site and the trackers. I was called into the office and couldn't talk to her more. I wish this one time I wasn't called so fast. I hope she does well. She has already lost quite a bit of weight with the lapband, but says she is losing motivation. On the start page there was an article today on motivation, part I. I too, am losing it. I read Part I and Part II. I told her about the articles and how I found them interesting. She was looking them up when I was called.
I was telling Sharon, the nurse practiitioner, about sparkpeople because I said something about losing weight. I guess she was putting something in the computer and wasn't really listening and told me that I didn't need to lose weight. I told her that I had lost weight, went from 248 to 126.8 with SP. She asked me a bunch of questions, and put it into her computer. She said she was going to tell her patients about SP that needed to lose/gain weight or just get fit. She thanked me for telling her about sparkpeople.com It made me feel real good when she said You don't need to lose weight. After years of hearing Dr.'s tell me Lose weight, lose weight. When I mentioned being right on the cusp of healthy/overweight according to BMI--she said don't pay attention to BMI charts. They are not based on medical fact.
If anyone has had these procedures, how bad is it? I understand the prep is the pits. Eight Dulcolax tablets in one day. Isn't that laxative abuse. On top of that a whole bottle of Magnesium whatever it is? Then you have to starve for a whole day. You can't even have Slim-Fast drinks. How do you feel after the procedure? I imagine you are hungry, but when you eat does it go right through you because of all the laxatives that you took? Can you eat or does your throat hurt from the endoscopy? What advice would you give me? I am getting scared already. I want to cancel it already.
Today is Friday. Have a great, healthy, safe weekend. Stay cool.